Thanks to the A29 highway heading out of Palermo, Sicily's West is now more integrated with the rest of the island than ever. Traditionally poor, its economy depends on fishing, small scale farming and now tourism. This area has been influenced by the Arab and Phoenician cultures rather than the Greek and Norman of elsewhere Sicily and it is quite sadly famous for its Mafia activity. You will be driving past the assassination site and memorial of the heroic magistrate and Mafia hunter, Giovanni Falcone, killed in a car bomb explosion with his wife and escort in 1992.
Next you will be driving by a stretch of 40 km with no industrial devolopment, vast beaches and small villages called Golfo di Castellammare.
In particular, the coastline between the tuna fishing village of Scopello and San Vito Lo Capo resort embraces a big natural reserve called Zingaro, which offers evocative landscapes, small bays with sudden beaches, slopes, patches of mediterranean vegetation, a paradise for botanists, entomologists and tourists seeking beauty.
Arrive in Segesta, whose ancient Greek temple can make a valid claim to being the best preserved in the world, and its amphitheatre boasts a hilltop position on Mount Barbaro second to none.
Continue to Marsala famous around the world for the salt production and the dessert wine that carries the town's name. Invented by a noble Englishman in 1770, who realized that this wine could travel long without going off if fortified with alcohol, Marsala wine is unique thanks to the dark amber color with a rich, smoky flavor, that varies from sweet to dry. Here you will have a chance to visit the oldest wine makers of the area: Cantine Pellegrino.
After wine tasting, you will stroll through the ancient village visiting the area where Garibaldi, the hero of Italian liberation and unification, landed. Try not to forget Marsala is the closest point of Italy to North Africa, just 85 miles away
Proceed to Erice, a small medieval village located on the summit of the Mount, was once dominated by the Elimi that gave the village its ancient name Erix and who founded the temple dedicated to Venus, goddess of love and fertility. The village, surrounded by cyclopean walls, is characterized by stone paths adorned with trees, plants and flowers that give the center a magical and enchanted atmosphere. Its large and spectacular view is breathtaking: from Erice, Trapani can be seen with its characteristic sickle shape and Monte Cofano with Custonaci at its feet.
Driving back to Palermo, visit the Gulf of Castellammare.
- Temple of Segesta
- Marsala wine tasting
- Fortified village of Erice
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- This tour includes a professional informative English-speaking driver. Due to strict Italian laws & regulations that protect officially licensed guides, our drivers cannot walk with you into any site but can answer any question you have from the vehicle. A Professional licensed guide, where needed, can be hired on request at an extra cost.
- Please dress respectfully when visiting religious monuments; local custom requires covering knees and shoulder.
- Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
- The tour sequence may be altered to avoid congestions but always covering mentioned sights.
- Keep an eye on your wallet and purses at all time. Do not wear jewelry or carry large amount of cash.
- Professional informative English-speaking driver
- Private vehicle for the day
- Pick up and drop off at the port
- Guaranteed return to the pier on time
- Flexible itinerary
- Admission fees if not mentioned
- Tips to driver and guide ( please read below for more information)
Tips are never included in our quotes.
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Our English speaking drivers are NOT licensed guides. In order to provide you with the best-in-class service, our English speaking driving guides have been trained to offer our clients a nice overview with information regarding the major highlights avoiding the expensive charges of hiring a private guide. Due to strict Italian laws & regulations that protect officially licensed guides, our driving guides can comment and explain the sights only from inside the vehicle, but are not allowed to do so once they are outside the vehicle. They are regularly licensed instead to chauffeur the public. We highly recommend that you never book with any touring company that does not make this clear.
No, only a licensed guide is authorized to accompany you during the visit of sights. Our driver will drop you off close to the sights but will stay with the vehicle for the duration of your visit.
No tickets or lunch are not included in the rate. Please contact our office for pricing and reservations.
No guide is included either. Please contact our office for pricing and reservations.
The duration of the tour is 7/9 hours, including pickup and drop off at the ship.
Our itineraries are completely flexible, and we will be happy to operate any changes to the original itinerary (within reason). Please contact our office with all the requests you may have so that we can better organize your day.
In almost 30 years of business, we have never missed the ship that is why we have organized all itineraries to guarantee your return on time.
Tips are never included in our quotes .We think that a tip shouldn’t be included in the rate otherwise it would be a tax!!! Once in Italy do not feel as though you have to tip everyone because someone told you to. Tip only if you really liked the service. Tips are generally: 10% not bad 15 % great 20 % best tour in my life. Please report any abuse.
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